By Fred Kaplan
The Washington Post
November 4, 2007
As Condoleezza Rice jets around the world, she must sometimes wonder where she’s going. Over her three years as secretary of state, she has squandered great opportunities by putting faith and loyalty above her old worldview. The problem isn’t just that she has swerved from the realism that propelled her to prominence; it’s that the result has been a shambles.
U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attends a joint press conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, not seen, in Jerusalem Sunday Nov. 4, 2007.
Rice isn’t used to failure, and most Americans aren’t used to thinking of her as one. In Beltway wisdom, she’s the star of President Bush‘s second-term team, someone who has employed smarts, sense and style to try to steer a wiser course in the world. But if she is now veering back to realism, it’s after too long a detour into post-9/11 messianism. Rice remains one of the architects of a fantasy foreign policy, and her record as secretary of state gives little hope that she’ll be able to reverse that verdict in the administration’s final months.
The case against Condi starts with her dismal tenure as national security adviser in Bush’s first term — perhaps the worst in the office’s history.